By Daniel Feliciano

13th May, 2022 | 4:04pm

West Ham United could have signed Darwin Nunez for £47m in January - Fabrizio Romano

West Ham United could have signed Darwin Nunez from Benfica in January if they had increased their bid by £8.5m, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Hammers made a move to bring in a striker during the winter window with Uruguayan international Nunez mooted as a top target, but they had a bid rejected towards the end of the window.

Now Nunez is expected to be one of the most wanted forwards in Europe this summer, but reliable journalist Romano told the Wondergoal podcast that if the David Moyes had upped his bid by £8.5m they would have got a deal done.

“I’m really curious to see what happens with Darwin Nunez because I see him leaving Benfica this summer. I’m sure,” he said.

“It will depend on the price because, for example, in January on deadline day, West Ham made a proposal of €45 million and it was turned down because Benfica wanted €55 million.

“Now I think with €55 million, you are absolutely not buying him. So, what is needed is around €75-80 million for Darwin Nunez, to open negotiations with Benfica.

“He has a new agent that is really close to Jorge Mendes so it’s gonna change the future of the player.

“So, everything is absolutely open but I’m sure Darwin will be ready to leave Benfica in the summer and make a big move in the summer.

“He’s the most interesting one (in the striker domino). It is a really, really open situation.”

Ouch

The Hammers went in big with a bid during the window and many questioned why they left it so late to make that move after a window that was open for a month.

But since the window closed and a deal didn’t materialise, Nunez has gone from strength to strength and is now seen as one of the hottest properties on the continent which has seen his price rise exponentially.

The likes of Manchester United and Arsenal have been linked with major moves and seeing the Irons win the race for his signature would certainly be an incredible coup, but they could have had it done already.

Those extra goals and extra threat could have been the difference in the Europa League chase or the push for Champions League football in the Premier League.

Now they’ll likely have to watch him go elsewhere, when they could have just coughed up a bit of extra cash instead.

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